October 2017

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The 20th edition of Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) will take place 13–16 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 20th edition of Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) will take place 13–16 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Hosted by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and supported by the UAE Ministry of Energy, the Abu Dhabi Chamber and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, ADIPEC 2017 will promote dialogue between ministers and global business leaders.

FIG. 1. The ADIPEC Exhibition is anticipated to draw more than 10,000 delegates from 135 countries to speak with oil and gas companies operating worldwide.
FIG. 1. The ADIPEC Exhibition is anticipated to draw more than 10,000 delegates from 135 countries to speak with oil and gas companies operating worldwide.

More than 10,000 delegates, 2,000 exhibiting companies and 900 speakers from 135 countries are projected to gather in the UAE capital for ADIPEC 2017 (Fig. 1). Also, 25 Country Pavilions will encourage business generation and extensions of existing bilateral trade opportunities.

In line with the event’s theme for 2017, “Forging ties, driving growth,” ADIPEC 2017 will feature two ministerial sessions, four global business leader sessions, four downstream global business leader sessions, eight panel sessions, three offshore plenary panels, nine C-suite dialogue sessions (Fig. 2), three industry breakfasts and three topical luncheons.

Conference program

The ADIPEC conference program is organized in collaboration with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). It will feature more than 900 speakers at 200 technical and strategic conference sessions.

FIG. 2. C-level executive speakers at ADIPEC 2016.
FIG. 2. C-level executive speakers at ADIPEC 2016.

New this year is the introduction of global downstream technical sessions to drive the conversation on downstream expansion, diversification and technology innovation, research and development.

Returning conference features include the ADIPEC Awards, which celebrate excellence in energy; the Women in Energy conference, which addresses gender balance in the energy sector; the Security in Energy conference, which examines the real-life security threats and challenges facing the industry; Young ADIPEC, a dedicated “edutainment” program designed to encourage students to choose a career in energy; and a VIP conference program for members of the Middle East Petroleum Club.

ADIPEC 2017 conference sessions include Offshore and Marine, and Security. The sessions will feature presentations on a number of prominent topics:

  • Exploration and production geoscience
  • Production facilities technologies
  • Field development
  • Operational excellence
  • Drilling and completion technology
  • Health, safety and environment (HSE)
  • Project engineering and management
  • Gas technology
  • Unconventional resources
  • Improved and enhanced oil recovery
  • People and talent
  • Petroleum advanced analytics.

The full-day Women in Energy program will focus on the opportunities for, and achievements of, women working in the oil and gas industry. The co-located Security in Energy conference will return for a second year, recognizing the growing and critical importance of cyber and infrastructure security within oil and gas operations.

New downstream program

ADIPEC’s global downstream plenary panels are new in 2017. At a time when integration and collaboration across the industry’s value chain continue to become increasingly significant, ADIPEC’s global downstream technical sessions are set to drive the conversation on downstream investment, expansion, diversification and development.

The panels will include top executives from ADNOC, Borealis, BP, CEPSA, EQUATE Petrochemical Co., Mubadala Investment Co., Nova Chemicals, OMV, Petronas, PARCO, TAKREER and Total.

Day 2 of ADIPEC will feature a panel on driving growth and investment into downstream refining and petrochemicals. Day 3 will include panels on refining and petrochemicals integration and downstream expansion for sustainable growth, redefining feedstock allocation and diversification, and rethinking technology to enhance industry performance and counteract market disruptors.

The downstream technical tracks of the conference will feature sessions on refining and petrochemicals technology and operations; marketing and distribution of refined products; connected performance technology and services; gas processing and hydrogen technology and operations; project management, engineering technology and implementation; and operational excellence, maintenance and HSE. HP

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